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Munk Debates: is climate change mankind’s defining crisis?

Climate change is mankind’s defining crisis, and demands a commensurate response. This was the motion debated in 2009 by four global warming experts, at an event in Canada run by Munk Debates. In front of an audience, each speaker was given seven minutes to set out their position on...


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Making your period home more energy efficient: a practical guide

At first it may seem like you can’t do anything to make your period home more efficient without damaging its character. But with a little thought anything is possible, says Alex Woodcraft. You don’t want to be shoving a load of solar panels onto your beautiful thatched roof or...


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New problems call for new solutions

Let’s face it, says Jonathan Foley, too many of our systems are broken, and we seem unable to fix them. An extended version of this article originally appeared on Ensia. Whether the issue is tackling climate change, building enduring food and water security, eliminating deforestation, or preserving the world’s...


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Cyber Monday: the carnival of conspicuous consumption

As we celebrate another day of consuming far more than the Earth can sustainably provide, it’s worth sparing a thought to the origin of that word: ‘cyber’. An abbreviation of the word cybernetics, it was first coined as far back as 1948, demonstrating that almost everything new and cool,...


The Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013

Introducing: The Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013

What if we could continue to live comfortable lives and buy interesting and exciting products without damaging something or someone somewhere along the value chain? What if the ethical, sustainable or responsible were the default options? Covering the five pillars of consumer spending – food and drink, fashion, household,...


The Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013

The Guide to Sustainable Spending 2013

What if we could continue to live comfortable lives and buy interesting and exciting products without damaging something or someone somewhere along the value chain? What if the ethical, sustainable or responsible were the default options? Covering the five pillars of consumer spending – food and drink, fashion, household,...


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Solar PV market increasingly focused on energy savings

The solar photovoltaics (PV) industry is increasingly evolving from an investor’s market to an energy savings market, according to the PV Parity Project. PV is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity. The PV Parity Project aims to contribute to furthering the...


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Our future cities will have to be smarter and more resilient

Against a backdrop of urbanisation and increasing environmental and social threats, Miles Davey, co-founder and director of Lewis Davey, writes about the future evolution of our cities. Our future cities are going to look a lot different than those we live in today. For starters, you will need to...


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Tory speech archive returns to the web after brief disappearance

The Conservative party has returned a decade’s worth of pre-election speeches to the internet, including many promises on the subjects of green taxes and climate change, after criticism over their removal. Tech website Computer Weekly reported last week that the party had erased all records of speeches and press releases...


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Pharma firms call on government to invest in drug innovation

Nine leading pharmaceutical companies are calling for a reform of NHS drug approval processes, saying that the current system does not attract sufficient investment and is damaging the health and wealth of Britain. In a letter submitted to the Telegraph, the companies, including Pfizer and Novartis, say that the government’s...


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A decade of Conservative party speeches disappear from the internet

The Conservative party has been accused of deleting a decade’s worth of pre-election speeches from the internet – including many that promised action on climate change and other environmental issues. The tech website Computer Weekly reported on Wednesday that the party had erased all records of speeches and press releases...


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Carbon politics: ‘common but differentiated responsibilities’ in the US and China

Gerald Kutney picks out some of the highlights from his upcoming book, Carbon Politics and the Failure of the Kyoto Protocol, to be published by Routledge in January 2014. In this third of the series of five instalments, he provides an overview of the third chapter. The US has...


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Nina Skorupska: we need energy ‘prosumers’ to effect real change

In one of her first in-depth interviews as chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association, Nina Skorupska speaks with Alex Blackburne about taking over a leading clean energy trade body at a time of political instability, societal demand and environmental urgency. Nina Skorupska sometimes conducts experiments with taxi drivers...


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The benefits of going green must be fairly shared

The idea of government intervention to influence the composition of a country’s output has long been derided by economists for breeding inefficiency, reducing competition, encouraging lobbying and saddling countries with factories producing unwanted products. Likewise, environmental regulation is often seen as a barrier to growth. However, supporting low-carbon technology...


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‘No legal or economic basis’ for weakening UK carbon budget

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said there is “no legal or economic basis” to change the UK’s fourth carbon budget, which covers the period from 2023 to 2027. The budget can only be altered if there is a significant change in circumstances on which it was set....


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